Idaho State Police reported a fatal head-on semi-truck accident on State Highway 16. The driver of a Nissan Altima was driving northbound when he crossed the center line and struck a semi-truck head-on that was driving southbound. Police say the driver of the Altima succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the semi-truck accident. The driver of the Altima was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The driver of the semi-truck was not. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about three and a half hours as officials worked to clear the accident.
Head-on Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
In 1998 6,684 people were killed in a head-on car accident according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These number dropped to 3,914 in 2008. This is an improvement, yet it could still be better. Head-on truck accident fatalities make up more than 10 percent of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. In these head-on truck accidents, 74 percent of the victims were the drivers of traditional vehicles and not the semi-truck driver.
Tips to Prevent a Head-on Truck Accident
- On multiple-lane highways, drive in the right-hand lane. This will make it safer and easier to pull over into a ditch or off the side of the road rather than hitting head-on.
- If you see an oncoming vehicle heading straight for you, quickly veer to the right. This will prevent you from going into lanes of other vehicles.
- Gain more stability by keeping the two wheels on the driver’s side on the pavement when pulling over to a shoulder.
- Choose to hit a fixed object on the side of the road rather than hitting another vehicle. The fixed object has no momentum and will usually cause less injury.
- If you come across an aggressive driver, don’t react to them in the same manner. Let them pass.
- Semi trucks require more time to react. Avoid making unpredictable actions such as quick lane changes.
- Avoid driving in a semi-truck driver’s blind spot. Always make sure you can see a truck driver in their side mirror. This guarantee’s that they can see you.
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